Often, nausea is the feeling of uneasiness of the stomach that comes before vomiting. It is the body’s way of purging your stomach contents through the mouth, whether it is harmful substances or as a reaction to something that has irritated the gut. This can either be an involuntary reaction or a forcible voluntary one.
Nausea and vomiting are symptoms of various conditions such as food poisoning, overeating, emotional stress and stomach flu. In adults, it is usually not a sign of anything serious, but it can be uncomfortable to deal with the sensation of vomiting, whether it’s motion sickness, a hangover, or a bug. There are some easy remedies that can help alleviate the symptoms of vomiting and nausea.
Drink more fluids
It is critical to drink plenty of fluids especially if you are vomiting a lot, to help prevent dehydration. Consume them gradually and slowly to avoid upsetting your stomach. Aside from clear liquids such as water, you can also drink sports drinks, mint tea, ginger ale, clear broth or popsicles. You can also suck on ice chips and avoid citrus juices or milk.
Eat bland foods
Before you start eating solid foods after vomiting, try small amounts of dry crackers to help settle your stomach. Other bland foods include white rice, dry toast, plain potatoes, bananas or applesauce which are also good to eat. More importantly, avoid spicy and fatty foods.
Try herbal tea
Cloves, fennel and ginger can be very effective in easing nausea and vomiting. Make them into tea by adding a cup of boiling water to a teaspoon of your choice of ingredient. Steep for 10 minutes and strain it before you drink it.
Certain essential oils have antiemetic effects thus their aromas can help to alleviate the feeling nausea and prevent vomiting. Add a few drops to a tissue, handkerchief or a cotton ball and simply inhale the aroma. You can pour a few drops to a room diffuser. Scents that will help are lavender, rose, peppermint, chamomile and clove.
Seeking Medical Help
It’s time to see a doctor for vomiting when your symptoms persist such as vomiting for more than two days, you are experiencing service dehydration with dizziness and passing little urine, you are losing weight since the vomiting began, and frequent bouts of vomiting for more than a month. Vomiting can also be accompanied by serious signs like severe abdominal pain, high fever, stiff neck, chest pain and inability to keep food or liquids down for 12 hours. They may indicate serious conditions like concussions, appendicitis, intestinal blockage, and brain tumours.
Each specialist in gastroenterology has also undergone further training in their specific field and clinical interest, to deliver the most up-to-date care to patients.